Realistic Chocolate Shoes On Sale In Japan

[Image: ロイヤルホテル via With News]
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Rihga Royal Hotel in Osaka has nine pairs of edible men’s shoes. They come in three different shades of leather (er, chocolate) and look like real shoes.

Just check out the stitching. Incredible.

[Image: ロイヤルホテル via With News]
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According to With News, these delicious brogues are size 26cm, which would be a size ten in the U.S., and come with a shoe horn and shoe cream, both made from, wait for it, chocolate.

This is possible!

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That’s right, these are “sokkuri sweets” (“sokkuri” or そっくり means “looks like”), which are deserts and confectionaries that look like other things.

[Image: ロイヤルホテル via With News]
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But why men’s shoes for Valentine’s Day? In Japan, women give men chocolates on that day, and men then give women sweets a month later on White Day.

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The shoes are the work of the hotel’s chocolatier Motohiro Okai and are priced at 29,160 yen (US$259), which is the price of real shoes. But can you eat real shoes

For those hoping to snag a pair, Livedoor News is now reporting that they’re already sold out. 

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.